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Facile synthesis of free-standing nickel chalcogenide electrodes for overall water splitting

Facile synthesis of free-standing nickel chalcogenide electrodes for overall water splitting
Developing high-performance noble metal-free and free-standing catalytic electrodes are crucial for overall water splitting. Here, nickel sulfide (Ni3S2) and nickel selenide (NiSe) are synthesized on nickel foam (NF) with a one-pot solvothermal method and directly used as free-standing electrodes for efficiently catalyzing hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline solution. In virtue of abundant active sites, the Ni3S2/NF and the NiSe/NF electrodes can deliver a current density of 10 mA cm−2 at only 123 mV, 137 mV for HER and 222 mV, 271 mV for OER. Both of the hierarchical Ni3S2/NF and NiSe/NF electrodes can serve as anodes and cathodes in electrocatalytic overall water-splitting and can achieve a current density of 10 mA cm−2 with an applied voltage of ∼1.59 V and 1.69 V, respectively. The performance of as-obtained Ni3S2/NF||Ni3S2/NF is even close to that of the noble metal-based Pt/C/NF||IrO2/NF system.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S2095495617307593

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